War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0732 OPERATIONS IN N.C., VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, No. 235. September 18, 1863.

I. Colonel D. H. Hamilton is, at his own request, relieved from the command of McGowan's brigade should and his own regiment (First South Carolina Regiment), and will report to the Adjutant and Inspector General, C. S. Army, Richmond, Va., with the request that he be ordered to Charleston, S. C., for duty.

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By command of General R. E. Lee:

R. H. CHILTON,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, September 18, 1863.

Colonel M. J. FERGUSON,

Commanding Jenkins' Brigade, via Staunton

(Care of commanding officer at that point):

Order one regiment of your brigade to Little Levels, in Pocahontas County, station one regiment near Lewisburg, and order one to report to Colonel McCausland; send Witcher's battalion to Zollicoffer, East Tennessee, near Bristol:

Report execution of this order, the number of the regiment sent to each place, and use all possible dispatch. Notify General Imboden and Colonel W. L. Jackson of the move.

By order of Major General Sam. Jones:

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Officer Commanding at Staunton:

Please forward the accompanying dispatch to Colonel Ferguson, commanding General Jenkins' brigade, on Staunton and Parkersburg turnpike, near Monterey, with all possible haste, as also the one to General Imboden. They are of greatest importance.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW.

P. S.-Deliver copy of dispatch for Colonel Ferguson to commander of post, to be sent to General Imboden.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN VIRGINIA,

Dublin, September 18, 1863.

Colonel J. GORGAS,

Chief of Ordnance, Richmond:

From report of Major Bowyer, the ammunition in the department is fearfully short. Exposed troops have only 23 rounds. Unless ammunition is hurried here immediately, the consequences will be most disastrous. Am satisfied Major Bowyer could not have made reports required. If necessary, that can be inquired into hereafter. Ammunition is needed now.

In absence of the general commanding:

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.